Archive for November 2010

A divorced dad pad in downtown Wilmette

Rental apartments have been scarce in downtown Wilmette since several buildings converted to condo more than a decade ago. An MLS search surfaces a new listing for a 1-bedroom in what appears to be a 2-flat close to the Metra station, downtown Wilmette and McKenzie School. The $930 rent includes heat, parking and access to... Read more »

More retail, housing in downtown Wilmette future?

Downtown Wilmette appears to a casual observer as a time warp where little has changed over the last 50 years. There have, of course, been changes, including the development of several condo buildings. The perception of stasis stems from the scale and style of any new development, low-rise and respectful of existing buildings. Wilmette’s downtown... Read more »

New construction close to train and downtown Winnetka

It’s been almost two and a half years since builder Michael Hughes showed me around one of his new Winnetka homes, at 436 Linden St, a short distance from downtown Winnetka and the Metra station. At the time of our video tour, the 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home was priced at $1,739,000. It’s changed listing... Read more »

Should North Shore home sellers sit out the holidays?

A question on the minds of many home sellers as Thanksgiving approaches is whether they should take their home off the market during the holiday season. Coldwell Banker’s Linda Martin, a 30-year veteran of North Shore sales, is advising her clients to keep their homes on the market. In addition to low interest rates, she... Read more »

North Shore real estate news roundup

Not all of the stories linked below qualify as actual “real estate news,” but they may affect your decision on where to move. If you’re homeward bound to the North Shore, the local media can help you learn the flavor of the different communities. Proposed 9-hole course at Fort Sheridan Lake Bluff approves library renovation... Read more »

Selling below cost in Winnetka at $28 million?

Le Grand Reve, a 27,000 square foot Winnetka manse has been on the market for months with no takers at an asking price of $28,000,000. A source (who may not know the facts) told me yesterday that the home had cost $35 million to build. The same source told me that the home did not,... Read more »

A 6,000 square foot newer home in Northfield

Coldwell Banker agents organized an open house “Tailgate Party” a week ago Sunday at 11 Northfield homes. I visited 5 of them, several of which I’d previously seen and shot video at. This was my first visit to 2053 Norfork, a 6-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home with a 3-car garage. The price was recently reduced... Read more »

Lake views from a new Glencoe home

Watch the video for a beautifully photographed introduction to a newly-built home on a Glencoe ravine with views of Lake Michigan and beach access. You can see more high-quality video and images of the property, before, during and after completion, at its Web site. The 5-bedroom, 5 full, 3 half-bath home is listed for sale... Read more »

Comparing property taxes in Cook County North Shore suburbs

Rising real estate taxes are becoming an increasingly important factor in home affordability, but they’re only one of many factors home buyers weigh in selecting their next community. Property taxes can vary considerably within a community based on the governmental districts and special assessment districts that have authority to levy taxes on a home. The... Read more »

A large, value-priced Northfield home

Coldwell Banker agents organized an open house “Tailgate Party” at 11 Northfield homes yesterday. I visited 5 of them, several of which I’d previously seen and shot video at. This was my first visit to 2456 Hedge Row, a 6-bedroom, 5 ½ bath home with a 4-car garage on a 1.2 acre site at the... Read more »